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Old March 16th 19, 03:34 AM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-10,comp.text.pdf
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I'd really like it if there were a FOSS pdf reader, but so far in
my searches all I'm seeing is trialware and cripplewear.

I used to use Foxit on my previous Windows installations. It had
the annoying habit of making itself THE pdf default and when I'd
get pdfs, like bank statements, from the Web they'd have an ad for
Foxit permanently on them.

Is there any pdf software that wouldn't do that?

If there isn't any such software then which is the best one for
Win10? I'd like to avoid software that nags me to buy and upgrade
and I certainly don't want software that phones home whenever it
wants to.

Thanks for any help.


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Old March 16th 19, 04:08 AM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-10,comp.text.pdf
Paul[_32_]
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Anonymous wrote:
I'd really like it if there were a FOSS pdf reader, but so far in
my searches all I'm seeing is trialware and cripplewear.

I used to use Foxit on my previous Windows installations. It had
the annoying habit of making itself THE pdf default and when I'd
get pdfs, like bank statements, from the Web they'd have an ad for
Foxit permanently on them.

Is there any pdf software that wouldn't do that?

If there isn't any such software then which is the best one for
Win10? I'd like to avoid software that nags me to buy and upgrade
and I certainly don't want software that phones home whenever it
wants to.

Thanks for any help.


You know that MSEdge has a PDF plugin embedded in it, right ?

I think I have an Acrobat Reader 9 (freebie) installed on a Win10 install
here too, as a second solution.

This is a different sort of tool, in that there isn't a menu
bar in the viewer. And you use page-up and page-down to
change pages. The control-scrollwheel magnify works.
Besides mupdf, there is mutool, a command line for doing
various kinds of simple transforms. This won't put adverts
on anything.

https://mupdf.com/downloads/index.html

Paul

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Old March 16th 19, 05:09 AM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-10,comp.text.pdf
Mike
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Default Is there a good, FREEWARE, pdf reader for Win10?

On 3/15/2019 8:34 PM, Anonymous wrote:
I'd really like it if there were a FOSS pdf reader, but so far in
my searches all I'm seeing is trialware and cripplewear.

I used to use Foxit on my previous Windows installations. It had
the annoying habit of making itself THE pdf default and when I'd
get pdfs, like bank statements, from the Web they'd have an ad for
Foxit permanently on them.

Is there any pdf software that wouldn't do that?

If there isn't any such software then which is the best one for
Win10? I'd like to avoid software that nags me to buy and upgrade
and I certainly don't want software that phones home whenever it
wants to.

Thanks for any help.


one of the reasons I switched to opera browser was because it
opens pdf's.
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Old March 16th 19, 05:28 AM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-10,comp.text.pdf
Mr. Man-wai Chang
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On 3/16/2019 12:08 PM, Paul wrote:
Anonymous wrote:
I'd really like it if there were a FOSS pdf reader, but so far in
my searches all I'm seeing is trialware and cripplewear.

I used to use Foxit on my previous Windows installations. It had
the annoying habit of making itself THE pdf default and when I'd
get pdfs, like bank statements, from the Web they'd have an ad for
Foxit permanently on them.


Did you forget to disable ads during installation of Foxit PDF Reader?

You can change file associations via "Choose a default app for each type
of file".

Is there any pdf software that wouldn't do that?


You know that MSEdge has a PDF plugin embedded in it, right ?


Firefox got one as well.

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Old March 16th 19, 07:50 AM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-10,comp.text.pdf
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On 3/15/19 11:34 PM, Anonymous wrote:
I'd really like it if there were a FOSS pdf reader, but so far in
my searches all I'm seeing is trialware and cripplewear.

I used to use Foxit on my previous Windows installations. It had
the annoying habit of making itself THE pdf default and when I'd
get pdfs, like bank statements, from the Web they'd have an ad for
Foxit permanently on them.

Is there any pdf software that wouldn't do that?

If there isn't any such software then which is the best one for
Win10? I'd like to avoid software that nags me to buy and upgrade
and I certainly don't want software that phones home whenever it
wants to.

Thanks for any help.


https://www.tracker-software.com/pro...xchange-viewer
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Old March 16th 19, 08:49 AM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-10,comp.text.pdf
Eric Stevens
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On Fri, 15 Mar 2019 23:34:02 -0400 (EDT), Anonymous
wrote:

I'd really like it if there were a FOSS pdf reader, but so far in
my searches all I'm seeing is trialware and cripplewear.

I used to use Foxit on my previous Windows installations. It had
the annoying habit of making itself THE pdf default and when I'd
get pdfs, like bank statements, from the Web they'd have an ad for
Foxit permanently on them.

Is there any pdf software that wouldn't do that?

If there isn't any such software then which is the best one for
Win10? I'd like to avoid software that nags me to buy and upgrade
and I certainly don't want software that phones home whenever it
wants to.

Thanks for any help.

I normally use Word Perfect to create PDF files and Adobe Acrobat to
read them. However I also use http://www.pdfshaper.com/features.html
to perform various tricks on and with PDF files and find it very
satisfactory. I believe it will both read and write PDF files in its
own right.
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Old March 16th 19, 10:45 AM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-10,comp.text.pdf
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Default Is there a good, FREEWARE, pdf reader for Win10?

SumatraPDF (no scripts, therefore safe, fast), PDF24 for editing PDFs.
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Old March 16th 19, 11:13 AM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-10,comp.text.pdf
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"Big Al" wrote in message
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On 3/15/19 11:34 PM, Anonymous wrote:
I'd really like it if there were a FOSS pdf reader, but so far in
my searches all I'm seeing is trialware and cripplewear.

I used to use Foxit on my previous Windows installations. It had
the annoying habit of making itself THE pdf default and when I'd
get pdfs, like bank statements, from the Web they'd have an ad for
Foxit permanently on them.

Is there any pdf software that wouldn't do that?

If there isn't any such software then which is the best one for
Win10? I'd like to avoid software that nags me to buy and upgrade
and I certainly don't want software that phones home whenever it
wants to.

Thanks for any help.


https://www.tracker-software.com/pro...xchange-viewer


If the OP is the person who spams a number of groups I'm reluctant to reply
but for the sake of other readers I've also used PDF Exchange Viewer for a
number of years.
It allows the PDF to be viewed in a browser or locally on the PC.

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Old March 16th 19, 02:24 PM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-10,comp.text.pdf
Rene Lamontagne
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Default Is there a good, FREEWARE, pdf reader for Win10?

On 03/16/2019 5:45 AM, Michael Logies wrote:
SumatraPDF (no scripts, therefore safe, fast), PDF24 for editing PDFs.



Sumatra PDF doing a good job here, no problems or gotchas.

Rene

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Old March 16th 19, 03:52 PM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-10,comp.text.pdf
Ken Blake[_5_]
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On Sat, 16 Mar 2019 09:24:57 -0500, Rene Lamontagne
wrote:

On 03/16/2019 5:45 AM, Michael Logies wrote:
SumatraPDF (no scripts, therefore safe, fast), PDF24 for editing PDFs.



Sumatra PDF doing a good job here, no problems or gotchas.




Same here. I keep varying between Foxit and Sumatra, both of which I
like.
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Old March 16th 19, 05:28 PM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-10,comp.text.pdf
Jonathan N. Little[_2_]
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Ken Blake wrote:
On Sat, 16 Mar 2019 09:24:57 -0500, Rene Lamontagne
wrote:

On 03/16/2019 5:45 AM, Michael Logies wrote:
SumatraPDF (no scripts, therefore safe, fast), PDF24 for editing PDFs.



Sumatra PDF doing a good job here, no problems or gotchas.




Same here. I keep varying between Foxit and Sumatra, both of which I
like.


Been using Nitro for years, back when Foxit has a bug with SeaMonkey.

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Old March 16th 19, 05:50 PM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-10,comp.text.pdf
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"Jonathan N. Little" wrote

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| Been using Nitro for years, back when Foxit has a bug with SeaMonkey.

The request was for FREEWARE in all caps. I'd never
heard of Nitro but it seems to start at $50 PER YEAR!
(Though I wasn't certain about that figure. Their website is
a mess and they're not very forthcoming about prices.
Mostly it's just vague marketing mumbo-jumbo.)

Sumatra is lightweight and completely adequate
for reading PDFs. I do my taxes with an older version
of PDF XChange Viewer. It allows me to handle fillable
forms, extract pages as images, repaste the altered
image in the page, and add comments. It doesn't have
full editing capability, but I've never had occasion to
create a PDF from scratch, and Libre Office can convert
DOC files. So there's mot much I can't do with free PDFX.



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Old March 16th 19, 06:05 PM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-10,comp.text.pdf
Jonathan N. Little[_2_]
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Mayayana wrote:
The request was for FREEWARE in all caps. I'd never
heard of Nitro but it seems to start at $50 PER YEAR!
(Though I wasn't certain about that figure. Their website is
a mess and they're not very forthcoming about prices.
Mostly it's just vague marketing mumbo-jumbo.)


That's if you get the full PRO version with editing and creation bits.
They have a freeware reader. You have to seek it out on the site. I
ain't paying any 50 bucks. Using Nitro Reader 5.4.9.2

Google, google, google...This my explain:

"Is Nitro Reader free?
Nitro Software, Inc. develops commercial software used to create, edit,
sign, and secure Portable Document Format (PDF) files and digital
documents. ... The company sunset their PDF reader, Nitro Reader, in
2017, though users can get the same functionality with an expired free
trial of Nitro Pro."

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Old March 16th 19, 10:27 PM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-10,comp.text.pdf
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On 3/16/2019 2:05 PM, Jonathan N. Little wrote:
Mayayana wrote:
The request was for FREEWARE in all caps. I'd never
heard of Nitro but it seems to start at $50 PER YEAR!
(Though I wasn't certain about that figure. Their website is
a mess and they're not very forthcoming about prices.
Mostly it's just vague marketing mumbo-jumbo.)


That's if you get the full PRO version with editing and creation bits.
They have a freeware reader. You have to seek it out on the site. I
ain't paying any 50 bucks. Using Nitro Reader 5.4.9.2

Google, google, google...This my explain:

"Is Nitro Reader free?
Nitro Software, Inc. develops commercial software used to create, edit,
sign, and secure Portable Document Format (PDF) files and digital
documents. ... The company sunset their PDF reader, Nitro Reader, in
2017, though users can get the same functionality with an expired free
trial of Nitro Pro."

I have tried Sumatra and went back to the Adobe Reader. It is free, and
has a lot on nice features. Using Adobe reader, you can fill out any
PDF form whether is it in the special PDF form or not.



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Old March 17th 19, 08:36 AM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-10,comp.text.pdf
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On Sat, 16 Mar 2019 18:27:10 -0400, Keith Nuttle
wrote:

I have tried Sumatra and went back to the Adobe Reader. It is free, and
has a lot on nice features. Using Adobe reader, you can fill out any
PDF form whether is it in the special PDF form or not.


Adobe Reader can only do this because it supports scripts. But these
are a securitiy risk (google for adobe reader malware).
Your standard PDF Viewer should therefore not support scripts. Adobe
Reader should only be used for the rare PDFs for which it is needed.

Regards

M.

 




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